New Scientist

New Scientist is a weekly English language appearing, international periodical issues from different, mainly scientific disciplines. New Scientist can be described as a popular science journal with an extensive news overview. Topic since the beginning of the show often the impact of research and technology on society. New Scientist is published by Reed Business Information Ltd.. with a British, an American and an Australian edition. Headquarters of the main editorial is London.


The first issue of the magazine was published on 22 November 1956 at that time under the title The New Scientist. Already in the first issue, the planned topics width of the foundation was programmatically demonstrated: eg It contained articles on the subject of astronomy ( " Our neighbor Mars" ), microbiology ( " That is how bacteria" ), Botany ("How plants and fruit survive " ), medicine ( " physiology and athletics " ), also a portrait of the physicist Sir Edward Appleton, a report on the first commercially used for electricity generation nuclear power plant Calder Hall and an essay on the relationship between art and science ( "The Science -Arts barrier" ).

Occasion for the publication of a new scientific Wochenschrift in 1956 was a self-imposed, political task: the founding editor Maxwell Raison wanted to point to the increasing importance of science for the UK economy and also on their interaction influence. In the editorial of the first issue it was unequivocal: ". If Britain wants to remain a world-class economic power, then our government must make our Parliament and our people the importance of science in this century far more aware of " The target group of the magazine has since 1956 does not change, "New Scientist is for all those men and women published, interested in scientific discoveries and for the industrial, commercial and social consequences. "

New Scientist today

New Scientist is read by both scientists as well as scientifically interested layman. Although the products are not subject to peer review, the quality of the authors, however, has ensured that the magazine in professional circles enjoys a high reputation. Readable This is partly due to the large number of vacancies to be published in New Scientist. Many newspapers grab items from throughout New Scientist and edit them for their own readership.

Each issue of New Scientist contains according to contents and Editorial usually each have a news view with messages from last week ( "This week" ). This interesting research results on the one hand reported with reference to the magazine its first publication, but on the other hand also review articles on socially relevant, controversial issues published - for example, for creationism debate in the United States, climate change, biodiversity conservation or for stem cell research. The following are comments several pages usually technically sound letters and information on technical innovations. Approximately one third of each issue is self -researched, authored by dedicated science journalists with background reports and interviews with well-known researchers. After the pages with the vacancies in each case follows - on the last inside - the The Last Word section, this epilogue is written by readers: In both the printed magazine and online can the reader of New Scientist ask technical questions, answer other readers afterwards. From this often equally informative and original heading several books have already emerged, and it also served several German newspapers as a template for similar participation actions for readers.

Online Archive

Since 1996, New Scientist also maintains a website with a freely accessible, continuously updated news selection and a paid online archive. Also, some longer articles from the print edition are available in full length for free download. Private subscribers to the print edition can access the online archive for free. For schools and other cultural institutions that subscribe to New Scientist, a free access to the online archive can be arranged on request as well.

German edition

In June 2012, the Spiegel publishing a weekly German license edition of New Scientist in both printed and digital form ( e-paper ) announced to issue, whose first issue was published on November 2, 2012. Beginning of April 2013 notified the publisher, the German edition will set 31 May 2013 due to low demand again.